Absolutely not. While the practice takes place in a stunning Episcopal cathedral, people of all faiths attend. On any given night you are likely to practice alongside Jews, Muslims, Buddhists, Hindus, atheists and agnostics as well as people from almost every Christian denomination. Yoga on the Labyrinth is an opportunity for people of every persuasion to gather in a spiritual but decidedly non-religious community. Only a personal desire to quiet the mind, open the heart and heal the body is needed.
What is an appropriate donation?
We suggest a donation of $15-$20 which is the going rate for a yoga class in San Francisco. Your contribution helps us cover our expenses and your generosity helps us to offer yoga to everyone regardless of the number of pennies in their piggy bank. If you have a little extra, please give a little more. If times are financially difficult, please contribute only what you can.
Your donations support Grace Cathedral, Darren Main and our talented musicians. No one is ever turned away because of money. Donation boxes are located at both ends of the cathedral and we even accept credit cards.
How much experience do I need?
This is an all levels class. New students as well as those that have been practicing for a while are welcome to attend. Because this class is gentle, it is particularly suited for newer students and those with physical limitations, but more experienced yogis enjoy the practice as well. All students are encouraged to modify their practice to suite their unique needs and more advanced students are always welcome to do more.
Do you provide yoga mats and props?
Unfortunately we don’t have public mats or props. We have a limited number of rental mats, but these are on a first-come basis. In addition to a yoga mat, many people also like to bring yoga props such as a strap and a block to support them in their practice.
Mats and props can be purchased at most yoga studios as well as through Amazon.com.
Can I take photographs?
Personal use photographs of the cathedral, the musicians and teachers are allowed as are photos of the class as a whole. Please respect the privacy of individual students, however, and only photograph individuals with permission.
Also, please remember that this class is a meditative experience so use your cameras in a very respectful and non-disruptive manner. Professional photographers, journalists and filmmakers are welcome as well, but need to request permission in advance.
Darren and the musicians often get requests for signed books and CDs and are available before or after class. Books and CDs are usually available at the donation tables and online.
I have an injury or a medical condition. Is it safe for me to practice?
Because this is a gentle yoga practice, it is safe for most people. That said, it is important to discuss yoga and meditation with your doctor so she or he can advise you—especially if you have any significant injuries or medical or psychiatric concerns.
Please inform Darren or one of his assistants of any concerns and we will help you to modify your practice accordingly.
How do I find the class once I arrive at the church?
The class is hard to miss with well over 600 people attending each week. Simply enter the Cathedral and roll out your mat. If you have any questions, we have ushers and greeters who can help you.
What time should I arrive?
While the class starts promptly at 6:15 PM, we recommend you arrive no later than 5;45 PM. Some students arrive as early as 5:30 PM to get much sought-after mat space on the labyrinth itself.
What should I wear?
You will want to wear loose, comfortable clothes that allow for easy movement. Remember that the cathedral can be rather cool so be sure dress accordingly. Many people also bring a blanket with which to cover themselves during deep relaxation.
How do I find Grace Cathedral?
The Cathedral is located at 1100 California Street, San Francisco CA 94108 in the Nob Hill neighborhood.
How do I get to the cathedral via public transportation?
MUNI, San Francisco’s transit system, has several bus and cable car lines that stop within blocks of the cathedral. MUNI’s mobile app can help you plan your trip. Taxi, Uber and Lyft Drivers will also be very familiar with Grace Cathedral and Yoga on the Labyrinth.
Nearby MUNI Lines
• The California Street Cable Car stops at California and Taylor which is at the foot of the Great Stairs.
• The 1 California bus stops at Sacramento and Jones (outbound) or Clay and Taylor, one block north (inbound).
• The Powell-Hyde and Powell-Mason Cable Cars stop at Powell and California, two blocks east.
• The 27 Bryant bus stops at Leavenworth and California, one block west (northbound) or Hyde and Sacramento, two blocks west (southbound).
Are Bikes Allowed?
Many students enjoy cycling to class. Bicycles are never allowed in the Cathedral, but bike racks are conveniently located in the cathedral courtyard near the outdoor labyrinth.
Is there parking at the church?
While public transportation is suggested, there is limited street parking in the Nob Hill neighborhood. There is also a parking garage at the church. The entrance to the garage is located on Taylor Street.
I really enjoy the quotes you read in class. Where can I find them?
You can find a searchable archive of the quotes Darren reads each week HERE Quotes are posted shortly after each class. If you really enjoy quotes, you can also join Darren’s ‘Daily Wisdom’ Quote of the Day email list.
How can I become an assistant at Yoga on the Labyrinth?
Because Yoga on the Labyrinth is one of the largest weekly classes in the world, we are always looking for yoga teacher assistants and other types of volunteers. If you would like to support our diverse community of students, you can learn more about joining the team HERE.
Having tasted the sweetness of inner solitude and calmness, the one who lives by the Law is free from fear and suffering. It is joy to see such awakened ones, and to live with them in happiness. To travel with the un—awakened makes the journey long and hard and is as painful as traveling with an enemy. But the company of the wise is as pleasant as meeting with friends. Follow the wise, the intelligent, and the awakened. Follow them as the moon follows the path of the stars.— Dhamapada